Longines Ladies Awards
The fifth consecutive renewal of Longines Ladies Awards took place in Washington D.C. on the 19th of May, honouring four exceptional equestrians.
In the words of Juan Carlos Capelli, Vice President of Longines and Head of International Marketing, the four recipients are " inspiring models for their extensive commitment to their favourite sports and also to helping others. It is this kind of elegance, the elegance of the heart, which we are deeply proud to celebrate…”
Passion and commitment are definitely common denominators for Michelle Payne, Reed Kessler, Georgina Bloomberg and Belinda Stronach.
inspiring models for their extensive commitment to their favourite sports and also to helping others. It is this kind of elegance, the elegance of the heart, which we are deeply proud to celebrate…
Michelle Payne, shook up a 155-year-old tradition when she became the first woman jockey to win the legendary Melbourne Cup in 2015. The inspiring Australian is now also a licensed thoroughbred trainer and rides her own horses on the racecourses.
Reed Kessler rode before she could walk, and took part in her first Olympics shortly after turning 18. The accomplished show jumper became aware of her social responsibility at an early age, notably via JustWorld, the organization connecting the horse industry with underprivileged children in developing countries.
Georgina Bloomberg, learned from her father Michael, former mayor of New York, how to parlay celebrity into helping others. She credits her mother for sharing her love of horses and key values: “to be on time, classy and elegant.” A show jumper and philanthropist, this young mother also found time to cowrite four novels.
Belinda Stronach’s family group owns high profile racecourses, including Pimlico where the 142nd Preakness Stakes was run the following day. The Canadian business woman who once held office and even served as a cabinet minister in her native land is now at the helm of the Stronach racing empire. She’s been the driving force behind the creation of $16 Million Pegasus World Cup, the world’s richest race, first staged in January 2017.
Besides the trophies and elegant timepieces awarded to the four exemplary ladies, Longines also kindly donated $10,000 in the name of each recipient to the charity of their choice.